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Broccoli

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Question: 185-5201
We have broccoli that has yellowed and shot right up. We have used a lot of manure. What is the problem? Ron, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
You should start broccoli indoors in late February or March. Seedling plants go out immediately after the last frost. This means that you will probably need a cloche or cold frame in case you misjudge. It will survive a light frost. This means that you should have started cutting the heads in May. April was too dry in your area for a lot of crops. You could start seed now for late August transplants. If you keep cool, you could have august broccoli this fall.

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Question: 884-312
I have a porch that is warmer than my poly house. Should I start my broccoli in the porch area or in the hoop house. Bill, Tulsa, OK

Mort's Answer:
The porch will be a more moderate place. Broccoli can bolt in the hoop house on a warm winter's day. Avoid that prospect and take the path of least destruction.

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Question: 971-2813
Is this a good time to start broccoli for the fall? Bill, Tulsa, OK

Mort's Answer:
Anytime this month will give you sufficient time to get them going. They will usually take six to seven weeks before setting them outdoors. Broccoli does really well in cool weather. If you start this week, that will mean that you can start them out in mid to late August. In zone 7, this should take you into the fall. Since broccoli is so hardy and can grow under the snow, you can be afford to be a little tardy.

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Question: 984-3013
When is a good time to start broccoli for the fall. Will it winter damage? Donna, Gardner, MA

Mort's Answer:
It is no problem especially for gardeners. You can wait a week to a month to start seeds indoors.They take about six to eight weeks before transplanting outdoors. This is true for all the brassicas (kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, etc.) They will endure and do well in cool weather. They will even grow under the snow.

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Question: 1264-2415
My broccoli that I planted this spring has worms on the roots and is not maturing. I have very rich soil. What is the problem? Joe, Waterford, CT

Mort's Answer:
You can start over with new seeds indoors now. Plant the seedlings outdoors in mid August. You can do better by going from warm temps to cold. Broccoli is often attacked by cabbage worms above ground. You may have nematodes or fly maggots eating on the roots. Your soil may be too rich in nitrogen and insufficient in potash and phosphorus. Broccoli likes a pH of 6.5 to 6.7. You should have the soil tested. Rotenone can be applied now but will not save the existing plants from the root worms present now. Bacillus thuringiensis can be applied to the leaves to protect it from leaf hoppers and cabbage worm. It need not be applied until the leaf bugs appear.

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Question: 1266-2515
My broccoli is starting to taste sour. The pH is at 7. I have been using considerable wood ash each year. Could this affect the taste? Bill, Tulsa, OK

Mort's Answer:
Potash can be added to soil to sweeten it. It works well with lawns. Unfortunately, as it builds up in the soil, it can become acidic. I would start new plants in a month and plant them in another area. You could add hydrated lime to raise the pH and get a better tasting plant.

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